KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s quarterback derby has bee more of a marathon than a sprint, just as coach Butch Jones suggested at the start of spring drills.
Junior Quinten Dormady is the apparent “1A” right now while redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano is the “1B,” based on the order of most repetitions in the part of practice that has been open to the media.
Dormady and Guarantano have both displayed strong enough arms to make all the throws.
Dormady has appeared sharper in the drill work than Guarantano, as one might expect from an older player who has been through two spring football sessions before.
Guarantano, the nation’s No. 1-rated dual-threat QB in the 2016 class, looks to be the more athletic of the two, but not by as wide of a margin as some might expect.
— Mike Griffith (@MikeGriffith32) April 13, 2017
It’s worth noting that redshirt sophomore Sheriron Jones has also looked good in spring drills, showing the same sort of skills and athleticism as Dormady and Guarantano, and looking very much like a capable option.
Whoever ultimately wins the battle will need more consistency from the receiving corps.
Drops were an issue last season, and they seem to be a problem once again, with receivers and tight ends both dropping several passes in the early drill work on Thursday.
Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discuss Tennessee’s quarterback derby in today’s podcast.